Gjermund Stenberg Eriksen’s new crime series ‘For Life’

International Emmy award-winner Gjermund Stenberg Eriksen (Mammon) has, together with Helena Nielsen (Lilyhammer), created a new procedural crime series for NRK: For Life.

For Life follows a non-linear structure, incorporating time-jumps that give the viewing audience greater freedom in addition to having the satisfaction of closed episodes.

In the series, the viewer gets to follow top police woman Victoria Woll, currently serving a life sentence in jail. In each episode, set in modern time but told in flashbacks, we see how the sharp-witted detective works on different cases with her team, and slowly the mystery of why she ended up in jail is revealed.

For Life is produced by NENT Group’s Monster Scripted and will premiere in 2020.

New Author - Emma Karinsdotter

Emma Karinsdotter (b. 1985) grew up in picturesque Ronneby, the city known as the heart of “The Garden of Sweden.” Before debuting as a children’s books author, Karinsdotter worked in the book and music industry as a project manager, and concert organizer. The Isle of a Thousand Stars is Karinsdotter’s second work: a breathtaking tale of magic, adventure, and finding a way of moving on. A modern-day Astrid Lindgren, Karinsdotter’s authorship has already found a home in the hearts of the new generation.

Jo Nesbø shortlisted for the British Book Awards

Jo Nesbø has been shortlisted for the 2019 British Book Awards in the category ‘Crime & Thriller’. The British Book Awards, or Nibbies as they’re also referred to, has been the leading awards for the book trade since 1990. Owned and organized by The Bookseller and judged by leading industry experts, the award is regarded as “the BAFTAs of the book trade.” Nesbø has been nominated for his critically acclaimed Macbeth, a retelling of Shakespeare’s darkest and most tragic play. The awards ceremony will take place on May 13th, in London.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

The official Swedish bestseller lists of week 11 (March 11-17th) are topped by among else Lars Kepler, who claim the No. 1 spot in the hardcover category with Lazarus. Also on the hardcover list is Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice - No. 3 this week - and Jo Nesbø, who comes in at No. 5 with The Thirst.

In the paperback category, Stina Jackson’s The Silver Road comes in at No. 4, additionally landing the No. 2 spot on the e-book list. Leif GW Persson’s memoir Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career also claims a No. 2 placement, coming in second on the nonfiction list.

‘A Higher Justice’ and ‘Parental Magic’ on the Norwegian bestseller lists

Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s sixth novel, A Higher Justice, stays at No. 2 on the official weekly bestseller lists for e-books in Norway. The title also climbs the hardcover list, coming in at No. 4. Hedvig Montgomery’s Parental Magic likewise climbs, jumping one spot to No. 3 on the nonfiction list.

Heine Bakkeid shortlisted for the Riverton Prize

The shortlist for the 2018 Riverton Prize has been announced in Norway, and Heine Bakkeid is one of the five authors listed. Bakkeid has been nominated for his acclaimed Meet Me in Paradise, the second Thorkild Aske novel. The jury has the following to say about Bakkeid and the title:

“Nordic noir thrives in the second novel of this promising crime series. /.../ The excellent and original prose elevates this novel far above many others of the same genre. A particularly well-executed plot holds the reader captive during this entertaining and thrilling piece of crime fiction, wherein humor has also been given some space.”

‘The Wolf and the Watchman’ No. 3 in Germany

Niklas Natt och Dag’s debut novel The Wolf and the Watchman climbs to spot No. 3 on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for trade paperbacks this week.

First day of shooting for ‘Tales from the Loop’

Tales from the Loop, the TV series based on Simon Stålenhag’s debut work of the same title along with its sequel Things from the Flood, starts shooting today in Winnipeg, Canada.

The eight episode series will explore the town and people who live above “The Loop,” a machine built to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe, making things possible that were previously relegated only to science fiction. In this fantastical, mysterious town, poignant human tales are told that bare universal emotional experiences while drawing on the intrigue of genre storytelling.

The eight episode series, co-produced by Amazon Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios, will star Golden Globe-nominated Rebecca Hall (Vicky Christina Barcelona) who plays the female lead, a gifted physicist named Loretta. Nathaniel Halpern (Legion) will serve as showrunner and executive producer for the series, and Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) will direct the pilot.

Katrine Engberg shortlisted for the People’s Choice Award

Katrine Engberg has been shortlisted for the Danish Crime Book Festival’s (Krimimessen) People’s Choice Award 2019. To see the full list of nominees, and to cast your vote, click “Read more” below. The last day to vote is March 31st. The winner will be announced at the festival, on April 7th.

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‘Black Pearl Farm’ No. 1 in Denmark

Liza Marklund’s stand-alone novel Black Pearl Farm was just published in Denmark and has gone straight to No. 1 on both Bog & Idé’s and Arnold Busck’s bestseller lists for hardcover fiction. Bog & Idé and Arnold Busck are Denmark’s two biggest book retailers.

‘The Hunt for the Hwitters’ published in Sweden

The Hunt for the Hwitters is the second installment in Johan Theorin’s The Jarmaland Chronicles and a breathless continuation of the epic historical fantasy that began in The Battle for Salajak.

The battle for Salajak is over, but not the fight against the hwitters. Many of the ancient race have fled their old home in the mountain for the underworld. The warrior Ristin and the hwitter prince Dhor are slowly making their way deep into the abyss called Jarmaland. Chasing them is a myriad of soldiers, knights and fairies led by Niklis and Jöran Eck. Both sides must use all their might and skill in this unknown world where ice winds blow and evil creatures lurk in the shadows…

Trailer premiere of ‘Wisting’

The wait is almost over for this spring’s great crime drama Wisting, Norway’s biggest ever drama production. On April 11, two episodes will be released on the Viaplay streaming service, and the first episode will air on TV3 Norway.

The series is based on two of Jørn Lier Horst’s bestselling novels about policeman William Wisting: The Caveman and The Hunting Dogs. The much-anticipated crime series is directed by Trygve Allister Diesen, who is also the writer and creator together with Kathrine Valen Zeiner.

Niklas Natt och Dag and Anders de la Motte shortlisted for The Golden Bullet Award

Niklas Natt och Dag and Anders de la Motte are both shortlisted for the Norwegian Golden Bullet Award. The award, which was first handed out in 2017, highlights translated crime fiction published during the past year. Niklas Natt och Dag and Anders de la Motte have been shortlisted for The Wolf and the Watchman and Deeds of Fall respectively, and are two of the six authors and titles nominated. The winning author and title will be announced on March 21st, during the opening day of the crime fiction festival Krimfestivalen.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Lars Kepler’s Lazarus stays at No. 1 on the hardcover list for week 10. Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice meanwhile jumps a few placements and lands at No. 2. Jonas Gardell grabs the last top five spot and places in at No. 5 with In Memory of an Unconditional Love.

Leif GW Persson also climbs this week, claiming the No. 1 spot on the non-fiction list with Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career.

Concluding this week’s round-up is Stina Jackson, whose The Silver Road features on three lists. It comes in at No. 4 on the paperback list and No. 5 on the e-book and audio book lists.

Hjorth & Rosenfeldt, Jørn Lier Horst and Hedvig Montgomery on the Norwegian bestseller lists

The official bestseller lists for week 10 in Norway see Hjorth & Rosenfeldt dominate in several categories, claiming five spots in total. Their latest novel, A Higher Justice, places the highest and comes in at No. 2 on the e-book list.

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ fifteenth Detective Agency No. 2 title, Operation Sable Forest, stays on the hardcover list and claims the No. 5 spot this week. Hedvig Montgomery meanwhile climbs the non-fiction list, landing at No. 4 with Parental Magic.

Niklas Natt och Dag’s ‘The Wolf and the Watchman’ No. 5 in Germany

Niklas Natt och Dag’s debut novel The Wolf and the Watchman is No. 5 on Der Spiegel’s weekly bestseller list for paperbacks. The Wolf and the Watchman was published in Germany this March.

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‘Rebecka Martinsson’ renewed for a second season

TV4 and C More have announced the renewal of Rebecka Martinsson for a second season. The popular crime drama series, based on Åsa Larsson’s novels revolving around lawyer Rebecka Martinsson, is produced by Yellow Bird.

Karin Arrhenius and Oskar Söderlund are the writers for the second season and Fredrik Edfeldt has assumed the role of concept director. Actress Sascha Zacharias (Modus, Beck) has taken over the role of protagonist Rebecka Martinsson. The series is currently filming and the premiere is slated for 2020 on TV4 and C More.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

The official Swedish bestseller lists for week 9 are out, and Lars Kepler’s Lazarus comes in at No. 1 on the hardcover list, having moved up one position from last week. Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love grabs spot No. 3 on the same list, followed by Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice, which comes in at No. 4.

Stina Jackson and Niklas Natt och Dag occupy multiple positions on this week’s lists. Stina Jackson’s The Silver Road stays in the top positions, placing at No. 1 on the e-book list, No. 2 on the paperback list and No. 3 on the audio one. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman places at No. 4 on both the audio- and e-book lists and comes in at No. 5 on the paperback one. Liza Marklund’s Black Pearl Farm holds spot No. 3 on the e-book list.

Lastly, in the non-fiction category, Leif GW Persson’s memoir Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career, comes in at No. 2.

The February bestseller lists in Sweden

Lars Kepler’s Lazarus occupies multiple list positions on the February lists, coming in at No. 1 on the hardcover list, No. 3 on the e-book list and No. 5 on the audio book one. Jonas Gardell’s lauded In Memory of an Unconditional Love grabs the No. 3 spot on the hardcover list for February, closely followed by Hjorth & Rosenfeld’s A Higher Justice at No. 4 and Liza Marklund’s Black Pearl Farm at No. 5.

Stina Jackson nabs three positions on the monthly lists with her debut The Silver Road, coming in at No. 1 on both the audio- and e-book lists and No. 2 on the paperback one. Niklas Natt och Dag claims spot No. 4 on the paperback list with The Wolf and the Watchman.

Finally we have the non-fiction category, in which Leif GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career comes in at No. 2.

‘Operation Sable Forest’, ‘Parental Magic’ and ‘A Higher Justice’ on the Norwegian bestseller lists

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ latest Detective Agency No. 2 title, Operation Sable Forest, claims the No. 3 spot on the official weekly hardcover bestseller list in Norway. Hedvig Montgomery’s Parental Magic comes in at No. 5 on the non-fiction list and Hjorth & Rosenfeldt shoot to No. 1 on the e-book list with A Higher Justice.